Roman Štukelj is a member of the Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana and an associate member of the Laboratory of Clinical Biophysics. The scope of his work includes properties of cell and phospholipid membranes with special emphasis on small (anisotropic) structures such as extracellular vesicles and nanotubes. Assessment of the concentration of extracellular vesicles in the isolates from peripheral blood underlays diagnostic methods for different widespread diseases (e.g. cancer, autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases), which may supplement or replace invasive procedures (e. g. biopsies), and estimate the risk for cardiovascular diseases.
His interest in cannabis started when he recognized its potential therapeutic benefits, by studying the literature. He is studying influence of different cannabinoids on the cell membrane and linking it with knowledge on mechanisms of formation and manipulation of extracellular vesicles. Also he published articles related to cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, nutrition and healthy lifestyle. He is attending professional meetings and conferences at home and abroad.
|Cannabis as an essential food and its versatility
Hemp (Cannabis sativa subsp. sativa L.) was grow as an annual crop for food and fiber for many centuries around the world, and so is today. Hemp seed contains a wide range of vitamins in minerals and is a good source of essential unsaturated fatty acids and essential amino acids. In the second part of the lecture, the results of a research study on cannabinoid content in hemp in Slovenia from 2017 will be presented.